Population: 5.4 Million
Official Language: English, Mandarin, Malay, Tamil
Weather: 86 degrees F and muggy all year long
Currency: $1 USD = $1.25 Singaporean dollars
Fun Fact: 85 miles north of the equator
I really liked Singapore a lot but probably because of my company. I was only there for 3 days, but my tour guide, Harrison, filled them up from morning to night. There was so much to see and the pending Chinese New Year made the city light up (literally) in red and gold. It was buzzing with excitement, fortune and well wishes all around.
|Harrison and Emily|
|Chinese New Year: Year of the Horse!|
Harrison walked my ass off all around town. We probably walked between 15-20 km. We started out in Little India for a hawker breakfast (read: affordable local food) at Tekka Center where we ate Dum Briyani with Mutton (Sheep) and Roti Prata (fried flat bread).
It was so delicious, but super heavy so we pounded the pavement to Sri Veeramakaliamman temple, Bugis Street, Haji Lane, Sultan Mosque, Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands.
|Doesn't this look like the genie from Pee Wee's Playhouse? Meka Leka Hi Meka Hiney Ho!|
|Gardens by the Bay|
|Gardens by the Bay|
|Emily and Harrison by the Super Trees|
|Had to wear a shroud in the Sultan Mosque|
|Chinese "sham wow" guy!|
We were absolutely pooped and decided we
|Singapore Slings at Long Bar at Ruffles Hotel|
|Free Peanuts to toss on the floor!|
For dinner, we headed to China town to check out the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. We arrived around 7:30 which meant we were too late to see the temple, but right on time to see the service! I was pooped. Harrison is an amazing tour guide, but I party pooped out and went to bed around 10.
|Old Man Battle Royale: Checkers!|
We started the day with a hawker breakfast again. This time, however, we went to Tiong Bahru for Char Siew Rice, White and Black Carrot Cake, Xiao Long Baos and some amazing pork soup dumplings. This was the best meal that I had in Singapore. Everything was amazing, but the pork soup dumplings were out of this world!
|Food Wasters beware….you'll be sawed in half!|
|Penalty for harming others...|
|Prostitutes get drown in a filthy pool of blood|
|Harrison has mad ups!|
|No ups, but I get style points at least|
Singapore has a very famous statue of a fish with a lion head at Merlion Park. It has the body of a fish to pay homage to Singapore's original fishing village and a Lion to represent Singapore's original name "Singapura" or "Lion City".
Both days, we had some amazing midday treats. The Singaporeans are genius' in that they have foregone the ice cream cone for delicious multi-colored white bread. No drips, no spills and it has a cool contrasting texture when you eat it. I know it sounds gross, but trust me, it was incredible!
|Ice Cream on bread|
That evening, we got a home cooked meal from MiMi's mom then headed to the tallest bar in Asia, One Altitude. A $25 cover gets you a skyline view of the city and a single cocktail delivered on the rooftop of this outstanding bar. Harrison's roommates MiMi and Reslyn joined us and we entered fired up and ready to dance. The music was outstanding until the live band started. I love live bands, but this one was not great. They played every song at half the tempo of the original recording and turned the evening into a snoozfest around 11PM.
|Ready to party!|
|Reslyn, Emily, MiMi, Harrison|
|Emily and Harrison|
|Harrison and Res|
|Em and Res|
|View from the top of Altitude Bar|
|I swear these are not ALL my drinks|
|One big happy family!|
|Photo Bomb….or was it?|
I really had a great time seeing all of the different cultures, the colors, architecture and foods. The best part of my trip was getting to spend time with Harrison and his roommates, MiMi, Reslyn and Kathleen. They were so fun. Harrison is an AMAZING tour guide and I highly recommend you reach out to him if you're headed to Singapore. If you live in Singapore, seek him out or PM me for contact info!